Reckless Racing Review
- Slick, realistic feeling transitions between racing surfaces.
- Detailed track designs. Online multiplayer.
- Only 5 tracks (5 additional tracks are 'mirrored').
It won't take long for most people to blast their way through Reckless Racing, but if you can get a stable connection the multiplayer is fun and the 'Delivery' mode adds some replayability too.
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The top-down racer has always been a great way to feed your motor lust when you're not quite in the mood for something more serious. Jostling your way up the pack while lazily drifting your way around large winding tracks has a strangely satisfying appeal and Reckless Racing by Electronic Arts does a great job of filling that 'not quite serious' racing category just perfectly.
Initially players are given the option of playing around with one of several control setups, either using a combination of buttons, steering wheels or automatic acceleration features to fling their vehicle around the track. These can be further customized in the options if the defaults don't tickle your fancy. The handling of each vehicle is subtly unique, but it's the tracks themselves that take the cake as each transition from dirt, mud, gravel, tarmac and sand feels spot on and mastering each surface will take time.
It's easy to get excited about the visuals and while each track seems like it's situated just down the road from the last one, the environments look luscious and small touches like watching debris being kicked around or jostled by your vehicle are great to see. Unfortunately there's only 5 tracks available (although mirrored tracks bulk that up to 10) and it doesn't take long to complete the entire set in bronze, silver or gold.
Head-to-head multiplayer is a great addition to help make up for the lack of tracks and the strange 'Delivery' mode provides some challenge, but as top-down racers go Reckless Racing is more show than tell and it'd be great to get more meaty tracks to test your skills on.